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  • When do we use 'if' and when do we use 'whether'?

  • Let's take a look.

  • The simple rule is that with conditional sentences

  • we use 'if', and when we have two options, we

  • use 'whether'.

  • 'If I get hungry, I'll have a snack.'

  • 'But, I don't know whether to have an apple

  • or a biscuit.'

  • When asking an indirect yes/ no question,

  • we can use either 'if' or 'whether' - both are

  • correct.

  • 'Do you know if the apples are fresh?'

  • 'Do you know whether the biscuits are any good?'

  • 'Whether' is maybe a little bit more formal,

  • but with both questions there are only two

  • possible answersyes or no.

  • Why don't you try now! Write us a question

  • or a sentence using 'if' or 'whether' in the comments

  • to practise. We love hearing from you.

When do we use 'if' and when do we use 'whether'?

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If vs Whether - English In A Minute

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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